I joined the Sierra Club to fight climate change so that my children and future generations will be guaranteed a livable planet and have the fundamental right to clean air and clean water.
Growing up in New Delhi, India, which has some of the worst air pollution in the world, I saw the harms caused by polluted air, as my mother suffered from bronchitis and asthma. We were a family with a modest income, and we didn't always have access to health care. My family experienced the injustices of environmental degradation—how the people who do the least to cause pollution are often the ones who suffer from it the most.
The movement to tackle the climate crisis must be interlinked to the movement to end racism and income inequality. I am excited about the transformation that is happening in the Sierra Club to become a more inclusive organization because building a broader climate movement is essential to addressing the climate crisis.
Together we can build a strong environmental movement, rooted in equity and justice, that uplifts the power and leadership of our grassroots volunteers and teams.
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